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“Cozy, efficient, relaxing for all ages” 5 of 5 stars
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Great Wolf Lodge
Ranked #11 of 72 Hotels in Wisconsin Dells
Certificate of Excellence
Evanston, Illinois
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117 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Cozy, efficient, relaxing for all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

A weekend with my women friends every year is a welcome retreat from the everyday. Our cozy condo has ample space for the 4 of us in 2 bedrooms. A beautiful efficient kitchen, bfkst bar, dining table, seating by the cozy gas fireplace. An outlet mall and movie theatre nearby and the cable TV in the room, plus the pools, round it off! We rarely go outside the room! But when we do there are smiling kids and parents going to or coming from the pools with their towels.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Kankakee, Illinois
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18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

This is a water park destination lodge. The lodge itself is showing its age a little but it was very clean. The staff is super friendly especially the staff that interacts with the kids. This is definitely geared towards pre-teen kids which is great. There are tons of stuff to do on the property with Magi-Quest, the arcade and the kids Cub Club. The clock tower show and story time was very popular with our 6 & 8 year old. The check in procedure is very regimented and be sure to follow their instructions or you will wait and get some withering stares from the others in the line.

My only complaint with this place is the food services available. The lunch bar/grill was over priced and the food quality was below average. The camp critter breakfast buffet was a waste of time and money. Everything on the buffet was cold except for the made to order eggs. I've never heard of a buffet that wouldn't give refills to kids for milk. The only things the adults can drink free of charge is soda, coffee, or tea. This is ridiculous! Charging for orange juice on a buffet and charging for refills? What is the big deal. They don't make enough with the inflated prices on everything else in the hotel or the buffet.

I would definitely return as the kids loved the water park. Only next time we will only do the water park and definitely not eat in the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Waukon, Iowa
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We had a wonderful time at the Great Wolf. So much to do and the staff are excellent with kids.. We had the Critters breakfast buffet, we went early which was a good thing because it is a very busy place. The food is just average and they only have one chief for all of their guest (150 people) so we had to wait quite a while for a omelet or eggs you had ordered. Other than that it was a great place to stay, we had alot of fun..

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

We check out tomorrow and had a pretty good stay. I thought the water park would have more exciting rides but they were OK for my children ages 7 and 8. They definitely liked the tornado the best. We spent only 2-3 hours per day in the waterpark and I thought we'd be there much of the day. Kids absolutely loved Magiquest and we spent lots of time doing that. Bring your walking shoes if you plan to participate with your kids! Paw pass was great. Kids loved the "build a bear" experience. Food at Loose Moose just OK. Bartender tonight very good but name tags were small so could not read his name. Stayed in room 446 (1br) on top floor and enjoyed the fact we had no neighbors -- adjacent to elevator and stairs. Quiet in terms of no neighbor noise but air ducts and frig were loud. Pros probably outweigh the cons. There is a lot to do overall. My 6 year old loved storytime. They also had a disco party last night -- just wish it wouldn't have started at my kids' bedtime. Note to management - was walking in front of Loose Moose pizza takeout and I overheard one of the ladies say to the other that the kids were really irritating. Probably not the best line of work for her? Might come back if the deal is good but will try Kalahari next time.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Minnesota
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48 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We stayed in the loft condo with another family! Next time we will great the bigger condo with bedrooms cause everything echos for the lucky person that sleeps in the loft. It is a long walk from the condos over to the waterpark but it is a larger resort. Room was clean and check-in was a breeze. The kids enjoyed storytime and the dance party and of course many hours were spent at the waterpark. Bring your own towels though cause they make you hand them in before you leave the waterpark. John the bartender was the best bartender ever and made our last night memorable. The waitress Sherry was the worst waitress ever and I can not believe she even has a job in customer service as we were not the only ones who received horrible service. We did speak to a manager after multiple requests to see one and he did make it right and was apologetic. I do hope to get to visit again but if Sherry is working we will not be eating there. Bonus: The outlet mall is right next door!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank Frogger22
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Deerfield, Illinois
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45 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

This was our third stay and we had a lot of fun. Our kids re 4 and 7, and it was definitely a perfect place for them. The water park is large, without being too spread out. There are 4different areas of the water park: the wave pool with adjacent tube and body slides and toddler spray park, the water playground with smaller slides and dumping water, the lazy river and tube slides, and another area of varying slides and lily pad. While they are separate areas, it is not that spread out and still not too difficult to find people.

While life jackets are not required here for younger kids, they were readily available in the pool area. We were there during spring break when the hotel was at full capacity, and still never had a problem getting a single or double tube, and never had to wait more than a couple of minutes for a slide. The staff was helpful and friendly, and there were a lot of attentive life guards on patrol.

The game room was fun, as we're the lobby activities. My younger child especially enjoyed the characters in the lobby and the show they do over the fireplace. One time was more than enough, though.

Our basic room was spacious and had more than enough room. It was clean, comfortable, and had sufficient storage. We were surprised to find a refrigerator and microwave in our room.

My only complaint concern the quality of the food. Our first night, we were tired after a long day at the water park, and decided to try the dinner buffet at the hotel. Big mistake! While it was clean and comfortable and the staff was friendly and professional, the food choices were terrible. We all left hungry and craving anything fresh. After that, we switched gears and picked up fruit and snacks for our room and went out to eat the following night. For breakfast, we picked up Dunkin Donuts or McDonald's and ate as we got ready for the day. We did eat lunch by the pool one day and thought it was totally fine.

That said, I would still go back to this property and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank Karin S
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Lombard, Illinois
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77 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

We went for four days during spring break. We had a great time even though it was busy. You never have to leave once you get there if you don't want to. Several restaurants within walking distance. They do have a deal called a Paws pass for a number of things to do at resort. It's a great value for the money.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Property: Great Wolf Lodge
Address: 1400 Great Wolf Drive, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Wisconsin Dells
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
#15 Family Hotel in Wisconsin Dells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Wolf Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 204
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